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- This article is about the in-game type. For the TCG type, see Metal (TCG).
Some notable trainers that specialize in the Steel type include Jasmine of Olivine City, Steven Stone, former champion of the Elite Four of Hoenn, and Byron, Gym Leader of Canalave City.
The Steel type was introduced in Generation II. As well as introducing new Pokémon with the Steel type, Magnemite and Magneton were retconned to be dual Electric/Steel Pokémon.
Defensively, Steel-types are considered to be the best type of Pokémon to use. They have resistances to 11 of the 17 types, which can make for a good physical and special tank in battle. They are immune to Template:Type2 attacks and are very tricky to inflict the Poison condition on. They can hold up to many attacks, because of their high Defense, but all 3 of the type's weaknesses are to the very common Fire, Fighting and Ground types. Those defensive flaws are made up by the fact that only a small number of Steel-types are without another type. Their Special Defense is lower than their physical Defense, but is still reasonably high.
Offensively, it is not recommended to use Steel-type moves, because there are only two types weak to Steel: Ice and Rock, both of which are rarely used defensively. There are only five pure Steel-type Pokémon and thus most have a second type able to provide more effective moves that could offset this disadvantage. Steel-type Pokémon have average Attack and Special Attack, though there are some high-powered outliers in either the Physical field, such as Metagross and Excadrill, and the Special field, such as Lucario, Empoleon and Magnezone.
When used in contests, Steel-type moves typically become Cool moves, but can also be of the other four Contest types.
As of Generation V, there are 38 Steel-type Pokémon or 5.86% of all Pokémon, making it the fourteenth most common elemental type.
Pure Steel-type Pokémon
Half Steel-type Pokémon
Primary Steel-type Pokémon
Secondary Steel-type Pokémon
- Out of all the types, Steel has the most resistances and the highest average Defense.
- There were no 100% accurate Steel-type attacks until Generation IV.
- Up until Pokémon Platinum, Weedle was completely unable to damage Steel-type Pokémon because the only damaging move it could learn was Poison Sting, and Steel-types are immune to Template:Type2 moves. From Platinum onwards, Weedle is able to learn Bug Bite via level-up, allowing it to do at least some damage (though Bug is still not very effective on most Steel-type Pokémon).
- Because of Magnemite and Magneton's addition of their secondary Steel type in Generation II, there has been at least one Steel-type Pokémon introduced in each generation. Despite this, there is not a Steel-type move from each generation; Steel is the only type not assigned to a move introduced in Generation I. This is the opposite situation to the other type introduced in Generation II, Dark.
- Though Steel-type moves deal super-effective damage against both Ice- and Template:Type2 Pokémon, there has not yet been a Pokémon of that type combination, and therefore, Steel-type moves cannot currently deal 4× damage.
- All Steel-type moves consist of two words.
- All offensive Steel-type moves target one foe.
- Steel is the only type that has a non-neutral type matchup with all seventeen types, considering both offense and defense.
- Each of the 3 starter types have a different effectiveness when attacking a Steel type Pokémon. Grass does 1/2× damage, Water does 1× damage, and Fire does 2× damage.
- Generation V introduced the most Steel-types of any generation, with 12.
- Every Steel-type specialist has used Skarmory in their final team.
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